Beaches are now open. Lab test results came in yesterday evening that showed bacteria levels are back to normal.

Town of Palm Beach News Release -- The Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County conducted a saltwater beach water quality sampling at the Town of Palm Beach Midtown Beach on August 21, 2017.  

The water sample was examined for enterococci bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, and which may cause human disease, infections or rashes.  The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.  The test result for Midtown Beach came back with a high Enterococci Level of 110 and thus a Water Quality Advisory is being issued by the Health Department for this beach.  The Health Department considers this a potential health risk to the bathing public.

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The Town of Palm Beach has taken the immediate action of closing Midtown Beach as well as Phipps Ocean Park Beach to swimming and is working to have the water quality resampled in order to open the beaches as soon as possible.  The test result for Lake Worth Beach was 310, which is in close proximity to Phipps Ocean Park Beach.

The Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has been conducting saltwater beach water quality sampling since August 5, 2002, as part of the Florida Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program.  The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to determine Florida’s beach water quality.

For more information on the beach closure, please contact Sean Baker at (561) 227-6433. If you should have any questions on the Florida Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County at (561) 274-3187 or (561)837-5988, or visit the Department of Health’s Internet Beach Water Quality website (, click on the drop down arrow next to “Choose Subject” and then select “Beach Water Quality”).